First Look: Vero VISI 21

Published 22 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero software, machining, cnc, vero, visi

VISI 21 is set to have an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries

Due for release next month, Vero VISI 21 is set to include over 340 product enhancements and an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries. 

There are a host of CAD developments and the next generation of CAM tool paths for VISI machining ready for new complex operations.

We’ve taken had a preview of the new features in VISI 21 and have picked out a few key additions.

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Women With Bright Ideas winners announced

Published 22 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: competition, nt cadcam, women in engineering

Joint winner was Chloe Meineck’s musical memory box, to help dementia sufferers

A musical memory box to aid dementia sufferers and an ergonomic cutlery set for children have become joint winners of a competition set up to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day.

The Women With Bright Ideas competition was launched by the Engineering and Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW) with support from SolidWorks reseller NT-CADCAM to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day, with 25 budding entrepreneurs and designers from all over the country entering their ideas.

All the finalists received advice from intellectual property lawyer Jessica Bent from Withy King Solicitors and an inspirational workshop from Joni Farthing, founder of Women Outside The Box. While NT CADCAM is supporting both winners with any CAD design and support that they might need.

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Rise of the desktop CNC machines - Inventables launch Carvey

Published 21 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cnc, kickstarter, milling, desktop, inventables, carvey

Some nice industrial design and soundproofing make this a desktop CNC that could fit cleanly into a design office

Inventables has launched a luxurious looking new desktop CNC machine, Carvey, to the desktop market, grabbing our interest with its slick design by MNML, and new easy use software.

Once you’ve got past the horrendous marketing schtick about ‘3D carving being the new 3D printing’, it’s actually an interesting bit of kit at a decent price point - $1,999 via its KickStarter campaign.

It’ll cut through the usual array of materials, including wood, soft metals and plastics on its 12” x 8” x 2.75” cutting bed, but thanks to a clever case, manages to cut back the milling noise to something relatively acceptable to have in an office environment.

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New pro 3D print model fixer utilising MachineWorks Polygonica

Published 20 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stl, materialise, magics, polygonica, machineworks, limit state

LimitState has unveiled its new STL fixer as a ‘one click automatic fix’ solution for professionals

Sheffield’s LimitState software has released its new application, LimitState:Fix, which sets out to simplify the process of preparing 3D models for printing in a professional services.

Although we’re used with seeing such tools for consumer printers being launched on an almost weekly basis, new tools for the professional that can rival Materialise Magic’s dominance of the market are seemingly on the rise.

LimitState has used MachineWorks’ Polygonica technology, providing a “one click automatic fix solution” for 3D STL files, closing solids, fixing polygon orientation, removing self-intersections and noise shells, and ensuring the geometry is manifold, enabling them to be printed.

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Metals 3D printing: Power of laser melting allows new materials control on a micro level

Published 20 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, sintering, laser sintering, laser, laser melting, metal

Using an Arcam electron beam melting system researchers say they can control the variations in crystallographic orientation in a nickel-based alloy

While 3D printed metals are still metals, there’s a structural difference between them and the stuff you get cast in the traditional sense, which is still worrying some people about part strength and consistency.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision that not only matches conventional manufacturing processes, but goes even further.

ORNL researchers have demonstrated the ability to precisely control the structure and properties of 3D printed metal parts on a micro level during formation.

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The Weekender: Charitable endeavours and proving a point

Published 17 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, education, university, sports, swansea, bristol, kite surfing

A team from University of Wales TSD Swansea are looking to kite surf across the Bristol Channel

This weekend you’ve probably a friend, relative or colleague doing something, somewhere for a charity - a noble deed, some exhausting act, or something simply ‘a bit daft’.

We’re a society that thrives on both pushing ourselves, and contributing to helping others less fortunate, which is why the task set by a group from University of Wales TSD Swansea’s product design course is so eye catching.

Harnessing the power of both sea and wind, five kite-surfers will attempt to cross the 33 mile Bristol Channel in a world’s first attempt - To put this into context, the English Channel (Dover-Calais) is a mere 21 miles.

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Electrolux announces Design Lab 2014 finalists

Published 16 October 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: rendering, student design, student competition, electrolux, concepts, electrolux design lab

One of this year’s concepts includes Future Hunter-Gatherer, which turns shopping into a game by allowing users to virtually hunt for their dinner

Ultra light jellyfish air cleansers; virtual hunting for groceries and an instant bath towel cleanser are some of the futuristic concepts that make this year’s Electrolux Design Lab 2014 shortlist.

Established in 2003, the competition is a global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for future households, with this year’s brief to offer solutions to Culinary Enjoyment, Fabric Care and Air Purification in the future home environments.

Over 1,700 submissions were received this year, which have now been whittled down to six finalists, with the overall winner announced on 12 November 2014.

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